Manchester United Keeper Set To Be Offered A New Contract: Good Move For Both Parties?

Manchester United's Henderson set to be offered a new contract (Henderson is seen in the photo)
Dean Henderson of Sheffield United celebrates victory after the Premier League match between Sheffield United and AFC Bournemouth at Bramall Lane on February 09, 2020 in Sheffield, United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

According to a recent report by The Daily Mail, Manchester United keeper Dean Henderson is set to be offered a new contract this summer. The same source has also mentioned that the Red Devils consider the English goalie to have a long-term future at Old Trafford and are planning to ship him out on loan to Sheffield United for another season before he is ready to replace David De Gea at Manchester.

Henderson’s Spectacular Loan Spell At Bramall Lane Last Season

The Whitehaven-born talent enjoyed a brilliant loan spell with the Blades last season as he was responsible for producing a series of dominant performances in the Premier League. He made 40 appearances for the Yorkshire outfit last season, conceding 37 goals while securing 14 clean sheets across all competitions which highlights his incredible form in goal for Chris Wilder’s side over the past 12 months.

Henderson has done well to average 0.8 clearances and 7.4 long balls per game in the English top-flight. However, he has been inaccurate with his ball-distribution after completing only 36.8% of his attempted passes in league football (stats via whoscored).

The 23-year-old has represented England at various youth ranks but is yet to make a senior appearance for the Three Lions. Maybe, Henderson can benefit from getting his long-term future sorted as it will allow him to concentrate on improving his game for both his club and country in the coming years.

Manchester United's Henderson set to be offered a new contract (Henderson is in action in the picture)
Gabriel Jesus of Manchester City has a penalty saved by Dean Henderson of Sheffield United during the Premier League match between Sheffield United and Manchester City at Bramall Lane on January 21, 2020, in Sheffield, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

What Does The English Custodian Offer On The Field?

Henderson is a well-rounded keeper who boasts quick reflexes that allow him to make some solid stops at the back. He is a decent handler of the ball and is often quick to snuff out the danger inside his penalty box. However, the English keeper needs to improve his ball-distribution if he intends to be a success story at the Theatre of Dreams someday.

Henderson Set To Be Offered A New Deal: Good Move For Both Parties?

The early signs have been quite promising from Henderson as he has already shown how reliable he can be at the highest level. However, the jury is still out on whether he can maintain his high standards in Europe if he decides to pen a new deal with the Red Devils.

At the moment, Henderson is ready to make a positive impression at Old Trafford, so Ole Gunnar Solsljaer should consider giving him a chance next season. Either way, if the English goalie commits his long-term future, then it will be a good move for both the player and the club.

Man United will benefit from having someone of Henderson’s incredible potential in their goalkeeping ranks. The 23-year-old can also commit his future so that he can focus on taking his game to the next level in the coming seasons. One can even argue whether Henderson would serve as an upgrade over De Gea based on last season’s form of both keepers.

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